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Test operations start at 104MW Honduras hydro plant

Honduras’ state power company Enee has begun test operations of the 104MW Patuca III hydroelectric plant in Olancho.

An initial 5 MW were injected into the national interconnected grid, said Enee. The plant connects to the grid at the Juticalpa substation via a 43-km-long, 230-kV transmission line.

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According to BNamericas, the powerhouse at Patuca III, on the Patuca River, contains two 52-MW Kaplan turbines. The project boasts a 57-m-high concrete gravity dam.

The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China provided financing for the $349 million project, which was built by Chinese group Sinohydro and supervised by Consorcio Geoconsult-ACI.

Patuca IIIà‚ will increase Enee’s installed capacity from renewable energy to 537 MW from 433 MW, the latter of which currently accounts for nearly 17% of Honduras’ installed capacity.

Kelvin Ross
Kelvin Ross is Editor-in-Chief of Enlit Europe and Power Engineering International. A journalist for more than 30 years, he has worked on regional, national and international newspapers, as well as trade magazines serving sectors including insurance, shipping, health and financial markets. He has covered the energy sector for more than 10 years. He helped establish Energy Live News in the UK before joining PEi and he has been ranked among the top 100 global influencers on Twitter for 'renewable energy' and 'smart grid' topics.